Melbourne’s celebration of international students

Melbourne’s celebration of international students
Sean Car

Committee for Melbourne is proud to see the return of the Melbourne International Student Week from March 1 to 8, 2024, which recognises and celebrates international students and all they bring to the city.

Joining forces with The Ascott Limited, Australia (Ascott Australia), the Committee will for the second year, put on a welcome celebration full of events, activities, giveaways, and live music at Fed Square from March 1 to 2. Performances from K-Pop band AO Dance Crew and international DJ Jodilly are among the acts to be enjoyed by everyone. This weekend will be followed by a weeklong series of activations and activities over multiple sites across Melbourne.

International students are a critical part of the social, cultural, and economic fabric of Melbourne. International education is the state’s third largest export earner and there are more than 140,000 international students from 160 countries studying in Victoria, making Melbourne the most diverse student city in the world.

That’s why our educational institutions such as Deakin University, RMIT, Latrobe University, The University of Melbourne, Monash University and Victoria University will be onsite at Federation Square on March 1 to 2 and offering a week of festivities to ensure that international students feel at home in Melbourne. It is important that we provide occasions such as MISW to ensure that international students understand the culture and services our great city has to offer.

With international students contributing $6.9 billion into the economy and supporting more than 40,000 jobs, the Committee and Ascott Australia recognise the value and importance of providing effective backing for international students.

To support the influx of students and families, Ascott Australia’s multiple brands, including Quest Apartment Hotels, offer students, and visiting friends and families a range of accommodation options to make their stay in Melbourne comfortable and convenient.

Committee for Melbourne’s CEO Mark Melvin said, “It is no wonder international students are attracted to studying at Melbourne’s universities. With the recent announcement of Melbourne as the fourth-best international student city, I genuinely believe Melbourne International Student Week is important opportunity to welcome international students and help them get to know this incredible city”.

Managing director of Ascott Australia David Mansfield added, “We’re proud to celebrate our international student community and the vital role they play in the health and vibrancy of our economy.” •

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